Educating our youth about patriotism and Americanism is worth every effort we undertake. The
program incorporates age-appropriate coloring, drawing, or an essay, beginning at kindergarten and
encompassing students through the fifth grade. State awards will be presented at the Mid-Winter
Conference in January. Each participating post reports the number of schools and students
participating to the district chairman using forms supplied in the Council of Administration packets,
and online at www.vfwdeptla.org
CATEGORY 1: Open to all students enrolled in Kindergarten:
A coloring of the American Flag (provided) printed on paper no larger
than 9" x 12"
CATEGORY 2: Open to all students in 1st and 2nd grades:
A drawing of the American Flag on paper no larger than 9" x 12"
CATEGORY 3: Open to all students in 3rd and 4th grades:
A drawing of a historical event on paper no larger than 9" x 12"
CATEGORY 4: Open to all students in 5th grade:
An essay contest based on the title "HOW I HONOR VETERANS"
(300 words or less). This essay can be handwritten, typed, or computer
Patriots Pen - Essay contest is designed for 6th - 8th Graders to participate. Each year the theme changes. In 2019-2020 Our entrant won Post, District, Department and placed 7th Nationally. Earning monetary and physical prizes.
Voice of Democracy - writing contest is designed for 9th - 12th grade students. Theme changes every year, but requires the entrant to not only write the essay, but also record themselves giving their speech. If you win the Post you recieve $500 scholarship, win District and State, you move onto the National Competition where you have the opportunity to win $1000 - 30,000 scholarship.
School Deadline for all Categories is: OCTOBER 25 of the current year.